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Finally, Singapore has lifted the ban on sex between men, but the government has made it clear that it will not change the legal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. They have even gone as far as to say that they will protect the definition of marriage from being legally challenged.

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As great as it is for sex between men to finally be decriminalized, it won’t do much to end the discrimination that the LGBTQ+ community feels. The ruling party in the country has established a conservative society with social benefits that mainly depend on if you are married or not. If you are under 35, you can only apply for government-subsidized housing if you are married, for example. 

Twenty-two LGBTQ groups in Singapore expressed disappointment with the decision, with one saying, “Such a decision will undermine the secular character of our constitution, codify further discrimination into supreme law, and tie the hands of future parliaments.”

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